Pros: Versatile; Solid & Damp, Confident Feel
Cons: Not for tiny-turn whippersnappers nor laid-back cruise-control types
I demoed these skis for 3 days at Jackson and in short, they rocked.
My first though picking these boards up from TVS was, "wow these are heavy," and I found that mass translated into a beefy, confidence-inspiring feel on the hill, both on-piste and off. While cruising the double-blues, these guys locked into a beautiful, rock-solid carve in both medium and long-radius turns as long as I initiated my turns early, and were perfectly capable of banging out shorter arcs with a bit of oomph.
Off-piste, they really shined on the steeps where their damp, solid feel gave me the confidence to go for it, knowing that these skis would give a solid, predictable foundation no matter the pitch or snow - including some relatively hard-packed conditions here & there. They handled well in Jackson's chutes, trees, and bumps, but I would probably opt for the 175 for a littlle more quickness in tight east coast trees.
The only minor downside to these skis for me was a tendancy for them to get away from me when my stance became a little less aggressive, and the extra effort required to carve them in shorter turns, but heck, with their GS turn radius, what does one expect?
I would easily use these as my go-to ski for Jackson, Snowbird, and the like, but would probably go with a little shorter radius and narrower board for my east coast bread and butter.
Highly recommended for big dudes on big mountains!
I'm 6'3", 210 lbs +/-, and a level 9 +/- skier. I have an New England instructing and junior racing background, but have been driving a desk for too many years. I'll qualify this review with the fact that I haven't skied many skis over the years and that this was my first experience with mid-fats. My ski for many years has been the Volkl P40 Platinum in a 193.